Each month, we highlight members of our community and their takes on #fashiontruth, our call for fair representations of women in fashion. You’ve met photographer Emily and artist Brittney — now it’s time to say hello to our newest #fashiontruth phenom… Jennae!
Jennae first caught our eye when she entered our Nicolette Mason X ModCloth #fashiontruthordare contest. We loved her honesty, her sense of style, and her confident vibes. When she’s not looking great on her blog, Green and Gorgeous, Jennae works as a graphic designer and freelance writer in Atlanta, Georgia. Asked to sum up her personality in a nutshell, Jennae said “[I’m] brutally honest, unintentionally funny, and occasionally controversial. But above all else, I’m a human being who’s just trying to figure out what organic produce I can afford to buy for my family, which consignment and thrift stores offer the best high-value scores, and how I’ll put my next outfit or DIY project together. Because life is rich in its variety, and I want to take advantage of all of it.” In other words, she’s fighting the good fight, and looking fab while doing it.
Check out our Q&A with Jennae, then see what styles she’s loving!
How would you describe your sense of style?
I’m honestly a bit of a rebel. Most people have a specific style to which they ascribe. I basically wear whatever I want. One day, that might be an ultra-feminine dress with gorgeous heels or flats (probably flats), and another day, it might be a Biggie sweatshirt with boyfriend jeans and boots. Another day, it might be a crop top and a fitted skirt. More than anything, I’m open to experimentation. If I like something, I’ll try it at least once.
Do you have a fashion icon or icons?
Solange Knowles is my absolute fashion icon. I love her and her style. She can really do no wrong in my eyes. In the fashion blogger realm, I LOVE Nadia Aboulhosn and Gabifresh. Even when I don’t like their outfits, I love their personalities and their example of wearing what you want when you want, regardless of what anyone else might think.
If you could live in one outfit, and one outfit alone, what would it be?
High-waisted skinny jeans, a crop top that shows the tiniest bit of skin, and a structured blazer. I could wear this every day and feel put together and fierce. Alternatively — I know you said one outfit, but bear with me — I am currently obsessing over full midi-length skirts. So I could easily replace the jeans with a midi skirt and keep the rest 🙂
What’s your #fashiontruth, Jennae?
My #fashiontruth is wearing what makes me happy and loving the skin I’m in — at a size 12 or a size 20, because I’ve been both. Style is personal, and I can’t afford to worry about what others will think when I get dressed. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Too many of us spend too much time dressing ourselves based upon standards that have no bearing on us or who we are. This is especially true when you’re plus sized. There are rules for what you can’t or shouldn’t wear. Please. I say set your own standards. Decide who you are. Decide what you like. Then act based on that, and nothing else.
What do you think everyday people can do to advocate for themselves in fashion?
The most important thing you can do is speak with your wallet. Buy the things that you genuinely love, and put your money where your real interests lie. Also, social media is a huge, powerful tool. Wish a piece was available in plus sizes? Instagram it, and tag the brand. Is there a brand you love so much you’d like to shout it from the rooftops? Do it from the virtual rooftops, and explain why.
What’s your fave holiday tradition, and what’s your holiday party style like?
I never had Christmas stockings when I was growing up. Now that I’m grown with a family of my own, putting meaningful, useful little gifts in my family’s stockings is one of my favorite traditions.
For the holidays, I love dressing up, but I admit I haven’t been to very many parties. So while I’d love to glam it up one year in a full ball skirt or sequins, my idea of “dressing up” for the holidays generally involves cute dresses, fabulous boots and comfy coats and sweaters. I make an effort to look great, but also to be comfortable. But frankly, that’s how I approach getting dressed pretty much every day.
+ Shop our collection inspired by Jennae here. And if you’ve got a #fashiontruth you can’t wait to share, do so on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr for a chance at your own spotlight feature!